Chiropractic is a health care profession that is over 100 years old. It is based on the scientific premise that the body is a self -healing and self-regulating organism. The profession of chiropractic is focused on the relationship between structure, primarily of the spine and pelvis and the function of the body, as co-ordinated by the nervous system.
Our central nervous system (CNS), consists of the brain and spinal cord and this controls, coordinates and regulates all the systems of our body. Peripheral nerves branch from the spinal cord and when the spinal and extremity joints are not functioning correctly, these nerves may become irritated and pain can result. The muscles in the affected areas are also controlled by the CNS and the effect on these muscle groups may cause stiffness and spasm, as well as weakness and pain. It is the relationship of the structure and how the function of the body occurs, as to how the health of the individual can be restored and maintained.
Chiropractic care includes the adjustment to specific joint segments combined with joint and soft-tissue manual treatments. Rehabilitation exercises and patient education regarding any alterations to daily activities are also implemented and depending upon the care that is required, orthotics and other aids may also be needed to assist in the healing phase/s.
Chiropractors must complete a five year university degree course which includes the Master’s Degree in Clinical Chiropractic. Chiropractors must be registered by the Chiropractors’ Registration Board and all registered chiropractors are members of AHPRA –Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency.
Everyone of all ages should have their spine checked for nerve interference from the stressors in their life, whether they be physical, chemical or emotional. Stress may cause this nerve interference (subluxation) and only a chiropractor has had the education to check and adjust the spine for subluxation(s). The lack of pain or discomfort does not necessarily mean there are no subluxations present. Chiropractic is about having your nervous system working to its optimum level.
People who present and can be helped with chiropractic care include those with low back pain, neck pain, headaches, shoulder, hip and knee pain, balance disorders and dizziness, sporting injuries and various conditions of the neuromusculoskeletal system (nerve, muscle and joint).
Just as you have your teeth checked regularly, each person’s spine should be checked. Due to the complexity of the spine, normal movements can easily be disrupted by accidents and falls, incorrect lifting, poor posture, illness and repetitive movements. It is these altered movements of the spine (subluxation) that a chiropractor assesses and can adjust.
X-Rays are often needed, especially if there has been some trauma or if the condition is long standing. Your chiropractor will analyse and report to you on the findings of each X-ray. The good news is that X-rays can be bulk billed under Medicare.
As a health care provider, referrals are not needed. If your medical condition has been present for at least six months, you may be eligible for the Chronic Diseases Management Program. This allows you 5 visits per calendar year, (funded by Medicare) to a chiropractor, so speak to your medical doctor.
Yes it is safe for all ages, because the chiropractic adjustment is low force and gentle techniques are used. The adjustment is tailored to the age of the person, whether it be an infant through to the very elderly.
On your initial consultation you will meet with your highly trained and caring chiropractor to discuss your physical and medical history. A thorough evaluation will then be made of your posture and spine, along with muscle and neurological testing. Spinal X-rays may be needed to ensure that other serious conditions are not present and to offer a full assessment of the spine. This will assist in developing the most effective chiropractic care for you.
A remedial massage therapist will involve a clinical approach to your problem and assess the source of your pain or limited movement. Remedial massage can be deep or shallow, gentle or strong and may involve a particular section or a full body massage, depending upon the areas that are highlighted with the assessment and history. The remedial massage therapist will endeavour to eliminate the source of your problems as well as the symptoms you may be experiencing. Where necessary, the therapist will refer you to another allied health practitioner or medical doctor for further treatment.